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BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to compare three locoregional techniques of pain management after arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR). METHODS Sixty ASA I-II subjects were enrolled after obtaining written informed consent. Patients were randomly allocated to three groups of 20 subjects. The first group (EPI) received(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES This prospective, randomized, clinical trial compared pain intensity and analgesic drug consumption after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction with patellar tendon under femoral-sciatic nerve block anesthesia in patients who received either a continuous femoral nerve block (CFNB) or continuous local anesthetic wound and(More)
BACKGROUND The efficacy of continuous wound infiltration with local anesthetic has not been compared with that of thoracic paravertebral block (PVB) after breast surgery. In this study, we evaluated the analgesic efficacy and morphine consumption of the two techniques after mastectomy. METHODS Forty-eight patients undergoing modified radical mastectomy(More)
UNLABELLED Recently a bio-artificial liver (BAL) system has been developed at the Academic Medical Center (AMC) of Amsterdam to bridge patients with acute liver failure (ALF) to orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). After successful testing of the AMC-BAL in rodents and pigs with ALF, a phase I study in ALF patients waiting for (OLT) was started in Italy.(More)
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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effectiveness of uterine artery embolization in women with uterine myomas in terms of the clinical results for the relief of related symptoms. DESIGN A pilot study on 26 women affected by uterine single myoma. SETTING Tertiary level care in an university hospital. PATIENT(S) Twenty-six patients, aged 32 to 54 years, suffering(More)
Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) can improve the functional capacity of selected patients with severe emphysema. Hypothesized physiologic effects of LVRS include an improvement in right ventricular function, although this has not been investigated in detail. To help clarify this issue, we used fast-thermistor thermodilution at rest and during submaximal(More)
BACKGROUND Gabapentin and pregabalin inhibit Ca(2+) currents via high-voltage-activated channels containing the alpha2delta-1 subunit, reducing neurotransmitter release and attenuating the postsynaptic excitability. They are antiepileptic drugs successfully used also for the chronic pain treatment. A large number of clinical trials indicate that gabapentin(More)
The aim of this paper is to compare baroreflex sensitivity (BRS) following anesthesia induction via propofol to pre-induction baseline values through a systematic and mathematically robust analysis. Several mathematical methods for BRS quantification were applied to pre-operative and intra-operative data collected from patients undergoing major surgery, in(More)
OBJECTIVE A survey of breakthrough pain (BTP) was performed in five palliative care units (PCU), seven oncology departments (ONC), and nine pain clinics (OPC). METHODS A standard algorithm was used to confirm the diagnosis of BTP of patients refereed to different settings. RESULTS 1,412 evaluable cancer patients were enrolled. 53.9% were males and the(More)